Oh dear, muses Monsieur Salut. The piece below was prepared before the Cardiff debacle. Will anyone be left to predict a Sunderland win? Will my absence on hols in Cuba coincide with the first entry-free Guess the Score (save for the Hull fan’s automatic one)? Or will blind faith triumph yet again? …
The first entry in this week’s edition of Guess the Score is, as a consequence of the rule introduced this season, taken. Kathryn Townsley is our Hull City interviewee for Who are You? and reckons her lot will win 2-1.
She also thinks, as you shall read tomorrow, that we may well go down but that Hull will not. That is the basis on which she feels confident that this is not going to the second of three fixtures between the same sides played in different divisions in successive seasons.
Oh well. You can hardly blame her. We have lost so often at home this season, to the lowly and the high, that every team visiting the SoL feels entitled to fancy its chances.
Can we win all the same? Can we at last start climbing the tables in a meaningful way? Monsieur Salut is off to Cuba and, at the time of writing, is two days away from knowing the outcome of Sunderland’s trip to Cardiff.
He will be oblivious to events on Wearside flying back from Havana on matchday, unless he conjures some electronic connection to Championship coverage and/or and Pete Sixsmith’s texts.
But then I don’t suppose Sir Richard Branson stretches to wifi any more than he offers a glass of mojito on Virgin flights. You cannot even get him these days to sell you newspapers of which he disapproves (though I’d agree the Hull Daily Mail has a nobler life view than the Daily Mail he has banned).
A mug or a book awaits the winner. Be first to be right and have a UK delivery address. That more or less covers the ground rules but M Salut’s decision is always final.
Ha’way the Lads. And ha’way back tomorrow and on Thursday to see Kathryn’s superb answers to our questions. Keep checking this link and you’ll eventually find them.